Oh well. To each his own, I guess.
I have to say, though, that I most fervently disagree with your opinion on this movie. I thought it was really fun and knew just the right moments to play out sincerely and just when to jerk the carpet out from under us with a joke or something when things were getting too real.
The fact that Rohelf and I both thought a different character stole the show is, to me, the sign of a good ensemble. I think the best ensemble is one where everyone has his/her share of fans among the show's/movie's/book's/game's fans.
As for relevance, I don't see how you missed the theme of friendship and belonging in this, Paeter. Sure it's been said millions of times, but that doesn't mean it's not a good lesson. Every one of the Guardians had points at which they'd been hurt and isolated. They were all misfits. They were weirdos and outcasts, either living on the fringe or hiding their true selves to survive. What made this movie work was that this disparate group, despite and, eventually because of, their differences, came together to do something none of them could do on their own. The climax was even built on this idea, with everyone sharing the power of the gem so that none of them were consumed by it.
This wasn't a perfect movie, though. No movie is. None of the heroes really had a arc. Only the group itself had an arc, and that was simply to come into being. I would have liked to see each of them overcome a character struggle from their past for the climax (perhaps if it was Gamorra, and not Starlord, who was making a fool of themselves at the end, or perhaps if Peter had always had to be the star before and now was willing to just be the distraction). Maybe these will come to light more in an extended cut, but while their lack did make the story thinner, I still greatly enjoyed it.
Again, to each his own, but from the music to the sense of humor to the effects to the message, "Guardians of the Galaxy" has now displaced "Amazing Spider-man 2" as my favorite movie of the year thus far.
What do the rest of you think?